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Masterful Story Teller of Folk Tales.

Folk Art Tales

I have always been a big fan of anything to do with Folk Art, in any way. Be it the art, the music , or the stories handed down generation after generation. It’s an exquisite art form and one I am delighted to be aware that is not dying off any time soon,. Thanks to having the modern-day Story teller’s who are essential to keeping the art alive, the customs rich, and the generations to follow in the know.
Might I suggest that if you know a story-teller to please take a moment to thank them for what they bring to our community’s. And to our individual lives. Saturday nights might never have been the same.
My intent, my point to this post is to honor and pay respect to one great story-teller  who is doing his very best to keep the Folk Tales of his homeland alive and well.  We, his readers are the great benefactors of Gerry’s folk tales on his warm and welcoming blog; restawyle. 
Without further adieu; this, my homage to Folk Tales has been inspired by the very tales that Gerry from his blog restawyle researches, writes and then shares by telling us a story. This is intended to celebrate him as a Story Teller.
This post is dedicated to Gerry & his fabulous blog.
For you because you keep these tales alive.~ 

Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Paul Bunyan, Pea & The Princess..

All are folk tales, stories that are told and passed down by “The folk” of the communities for generations.  Folk tales serves as a way to document as chronicles the way of f life for the common man & woman of the time. Common Folk. These tales usually reveal something about history of a certain community, or a certain geographical local.  Learning from repeated tales  we discover how people lived,  what their moral compass was, and what their customs and cultures were like.

Learning from this fascinating and entertaining gift we call Folk Tales we discover we are a part of a culture that is world -wide; as demonstrated by the fact that over 500 versions of Cinderella from Yeh Shen to Sootface of the Obibwa. have been viewed.  

Folk tales are still bridging one culture to another. We as people can be separated by race, geography, and/or socioeconomics;  but a folk tale bridges all that with common beliefs & values that allow us to see each other, in one another. And also to accept one another.
Through these Folk Tales shared we learn too that all people having similar hopes, as well as similar fears which are consistently reflected in the tales we share. 
We all want to conquer the wild beast who threatens all our dreams, climb the highest mountains, and maybe even save the damsel in distress if it’s a really good day.  It is our human nature to be Common Folk. 
All folk tales need are traditions; and someone to tell them.  Folk tales like fairy tales weave stories of magic, sensational subjects, and happenings which give
us marvelous characters and events.
All giving a glimpses of the common desires and fears of the community. Folk tales are accepted as “maybe-truths” – which should always contain one-dimensional characters . The ” Very Good “, the ” Really Bad “… and always include magical characters able to do magical things.
 However the main character is often human and is usually on a mission of heroism. The puzzlement’s answer is usually found through the magic bestowed upon the Good One and The Human. 
And pray tell they live happily ever after ~. 
 To begin reading Folk Takes about the New Ancient Forest in England I need to point no further than to this English Gentleman and his blog restawyle @ http://cobbies69.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/2475/
Don’t be shy Gerry has massed several Folk Tales so far. I have it good authority the intent is for him to do more.
And if you get a hankering to retell a tale,,, well go ahead, go for it.
That is what Folk Telling is all about now… isn’t it?
23, April 2013
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Folk Music ~ A Trilogy

Re-posted from Lady Barefoot Baroness  [ Original post date 6 October 2012]\

” It’s like finding home in an old folk song that you’ve never heard, still you know every word. And for sure you can sing a long.”    ~  unknown

It is so true that I am 60’s music fan. I am also a Folk Artist first. Folk art in all ways, the music, the visual arts & the stories. The music is what I know like I know my right hand. I know nothing like it any better. It is what I was raised on.  Soy fed Folk-girl.

Ancient Thoughts Told Many Ways Today

A folk music fan, from birth I think. The stories told generation after generation are stories I know also like my right hand. And my left too. It was my passion for so many years and  I am experiencing a resurgence of that passion today. Although with Folk you are never that far away.

Today there are new bands, new artists, new songs, and Folk music is alive and well. The message still the same. How wonderfully comforting and at the same time disturbing this is.  Today these new artists are keeping the entire movement alive and well in 2013. I think that is worth celebrating.

So just in case you have missed either of these three bands I want to feature their music here. You may like what you hear, and you may not. But I promise you that the messages are ones that you will have no problem feeling an allegiance with.


Listening to these bands perform their music outside, acoustically without the bells and whistles of a studio session is brilliant, raw, and pure forms of their sounds…their music..their voices… and most assuredly their harmonies.

I am not always a fan of new/current music. But I believe we should always be growing & learning.

I have been taught this music & I know what I like. I also know what sounds move this soul of mine,

This is some of that.  The healing begins.


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I Hope You Dance

I Hope You Dance

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder, You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger, May you never take one single breath for granted, GOD forbid love ever leave you empty-handed, I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean, Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens, Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance, And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
I hope you dance….

A good friend sent me just those 5 words in the subject line of her email. I Hope You Can Dance. She knows I dance so I was baffled. Of course I can dance. I thought she meant that she hoped I went out dancing, but that made no sense since its been so long ago that we talked about dancing. I was perplexed to be certain.

Then I had a deja vu moment. GOOGLE! Ah yes of  course,! My daughter’s words came back to me. The above excerpt from the song  is what If found.  Now it the 5 words made so much sense.

Then I wiki searched the song title.and found that the song was written by Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers, and recorded by country singer Lee Ann Womack along with Sons of the Desert  So another admission; I had heard of Lee Ann  Womack but I apparently missed her release of this tune. I’m glad I did – it means more discovering it today.

Sometimes there are things in life that come only after many lessons and much courage. And patience.  The need to move forward is like breathing in fresh clean air, you know you need it but finding it soon enough can be a challenge. 

So yes, I say to myself ” I Hope I Dance.”

My friends reference in the songs lyrics that “I Hope You Will Give Faith A Fighting Chance” were the other 9 other words I needed to be reminded of. Never losing sight in faith, and  trusting that there is Something More Powerful than I.  I am reminded that I must always look at that glass half full. Not something I normally have a problem with until I railroad my life. Fast track. Wrong every time.

My friends email, and a Note from the Universe in the same morning tells me to slow down, and dance. I’m not changing the steps at all, being led in the same direction as my dreams to be certain, just slowing the progression down.

Sage advice I have heard somewhere else too. If ever there were  affirmations in my life, and there have always been, this is the time to pay attention and honor them.


” Grasshopper,”

You may not always know what your invisible, limiting beliefs are. But you do always know the kinds of empowering beliefs you’d like to possess. And so, Barefoot Baroness, one decision at a time, one day at a time, you can choose to behave accordingly. And thereby effectively kick some wicked, limiting-belief-butt.”

Wa-so, The Universe

 Sooooo…. to paraphrase the words of my friend and the Universe;

I am dancing my way to kick some self-limiting butt!”